Best of Philly

Best Brunch

2021 Best Brunch

The Breakfast Den

Ditch your usual BEC for one with house-made pickles, herbs and eggplant pâté on a baguette, a.k.a. a banh mi op la. Come back again and again to this homey spot showcasing American Vietnamese breakfast comfort food, for the chao ga (a rice porridge dish with a poached egg, bits of crispy chicken skin and fresh herbs), Momma’s egg rolls, and Caphe Roasters Vietnamese coffees. Read More »

1500 South Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2021 Best Brunch Spread


A dozen kinds of smoked fish (including pastrami, vodka dill and Darjeeling and ginger varieties), plus a raft of caviar, pickles, French butter, and NYC-imported halvah, make this new Italian Market shop a veritable candy store for anyone who loves Jewish delicacies. Read More »

824 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA Website

2019 Best Excuse to Take a Post-Brunch Nap

The Crème Brûlée Waffle at Avenue Kitchen

When you need energy to power you through your morning, you get eggs. When you’re staring down an obligation-free Sunday, you order this Belgian waffle, which comes with vanilla bean cream and a shell of caramelized sugar that cracks when you tap it with your fork. Read More »

509 Wilmington West Chester Pike, Glen Mills, PA | 484-800-8070 | Website

2019 Best Brunch


Fresh from an extensive face-lift and a menu revamp, Rittenhouse’s original see-and-be-seen spot now has more tables, which means you’ve got a (slightly) better chance of getting a seat at 11:30 on Sunday morning. Read More »

205 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-732-6622 | Website

2018 Best Brunch in the Suburbs

The Bercy

People have a lot of opinions about this Main Line newbie’s dinner menu (see our critic’s take on page 133), but there’s no denying the lure of its indulgent weekend brunch, complete with French 75s, raw bar towers, chicken pâté and a take-me-to-Paris vibe. Read More »

7 Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore, PA | 610-589-0500 | Website

2018 Best Brunch in the City

Crème Brûlée

The pastries are fantastic, the sandwiches are built on house-baked bread, and the bistro itself – kind of alone over there in South Pennsport – is wonderfully under the radar. (Or at least, it was.) Read More »

1800 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-334-9000 | Website

2017 Best Brunch, City


How to improve eggs Benedict: Swap out the English muffin for a wood-fired Roman-style potato pizza. Read More »

1240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-238-9311 | Website

2017 Best Brunch, ’Burbs


Grab a seat at the open kitchen counter and watch as the best bacon in the country (Benton’s) and the best smoked salmon in the land (Russ & Daughter’s) are turned into something magical by chefs who know what they’re doing. Consider starting with a cheese plate, because when do you get to do that for brunch? Read More »

1 West Avenue, Wayne, PA | 610-688-1888 | Website

2016 Best Brunch in the City

The Dutch

If there's anyone you should trust with your breakfast, it's a people who invented a pancake the size of a Mylar party balloon. Hence, the Dutch, a collaboration between Lee Styer (Fond) and Joncarl Lachman (Noord, Neuf). Inspired by the breakfast traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch, it offers both the aforementioned Dutch baby (with lemon and powdered sugar or smoked sausage and maple syrup) and a traditional uitsmijter ham and egg breakfast along with simpler things, like a Lebanon bologna omelet and buttermilk waffles. Read More »

1527 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-755-5600 | Website

2016 Best Brunch in the 'Burbs

Stove & Tap

Opened a few months back by a couple of Starr Restaurants veterans in the former home of Molly Maguire's, Stove & Tap has already established itself as an indispensable part of the Lansdale community. This is thanks to its excellent, wide-ranging weekend brunch menu, which covers everything from peanut butter and Nutella waffles and French toast made from Parker House rolls to a solid backyard burger and cold corn soup with a crab and avocado salad. Read More »

329 West Main Street, Lansdale, PA | 215-393-8277 | Website

2015 Best Suburban Brunch

Blue Bell Inn

Chichi enough that you can bring your mother-in-law, but casual enough that you can wear shorts: This (massively renovated!) Montco standby is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Your M-I-L will love the crab-topped Benedict, but we're big fans of the chicken and waffles and the $15 Taylor Pork Roll-topped brunch burger. Oh, and instead of a Bloody, try the michelada. Read More »

601 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA | 215-646-2010 | Website

2015 Best City Brunch


People forget about this Italian favorite as a brunch-time option, but they shouldn't: The space is bright, the espresso is dark and delicious, and the offerings are rich and complex, but also so perfectly portioned that you're left deeply satisfied rather than stuffed. Don't leave without ordering the bufala ricotta with hazelnut honey. Read More »

412 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-732-2647 | Website

2014 Best City Brunch

Jerry’s Bar

A gorgeously reconceived old-man's bar is Philly's newest brunch destination, thanks to food that's a cut above, great outdoor seating and live jazz on Sundays. Go for the gravlax, stay for the day-drinking. Read More »

129 West Laurel Street, Philadelphia, PA | 267-273-1632 | Website

2014 Best Brunch (Suburban)

Ryan Christopher

Charming enough to feel special but casual enough that you can bring the kids, with food everyone will ooh and ahh over: French toast stacked with sausage and egg, a Benedict topped with chili con carne, and a Thanksgiving-style sandwich available all year. Read More »

245 Woodbine Avenue, Narberth, PA | 610-664-9282 | Website

2014 Best Boozy Brunch

The Butcher and Barkeep

Since this spot is owned by two longtime Standard Tap employees, it's not surprising that it's a fantastic place to drink and eat. An esoteric beer selection and barrel-aged cocktails meet perfect omelets and charcuterie plates. Read More »

712 Main Street, Harleysville, PA | 267-932-8407 | Website